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Principal Equipment Engineer

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o Develops and implements capital projects, troubleshoots machine and process problems, and conducts technical analysis of business opportunities for packaging equipment from filling through warehousing. Products are liquids, bars, and powder nutritionals that are packaged in

plastic or metal primary containers.

o Develops and applies advanced theories, methods and research techniques to the investigation and solution of complex technical problems; implements large cost reduction programs. Develops processes that lead to shortened cycle time; makes major impact decisions.

o As a technical specialist, is assigned problems which require unique design/research approaches to problems as well as is routinely called on to troubleshoot engineering problems critical to the Division or Corporation.


o Analyzes results and applies technical judgment in making substantial adaptions and modifications.

o Investigates/recommends novel technology and applications; develops, evaluates, implements strategic initiatives, leads projects/programs and technical team to develop significant new products or processes.


o Perform economic analysis and feasibility studies for the installation of new equipment and/or modification and revision of existing equipment.

o Evaluates, recommends, and executes cost-savings proposals.

o Develops cost estimates and scopes, reviews estimates and scopes with manager, and consults with manufacturing management regarding proposals for capital expenditures, repairs, and revisions.

o Investigates, develops, and recommends alternatives for design, procurement, and installation of new/modified equipment or systems for the optimal utilization and control of resources.

o Provides technical assistance and information to corporate engineering and outside consultants, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and various departments within the company.

o Participates and/or assists other engineers in the design of packaging equipment or systems for optimal performance as well as works with manufacturing plants to improve overall equipment effectiveness.

o Directs the start-up of new and troubleshoot existing equipment to ensure optimal operation and performance.

o Assists in the training of personnel required for the operation of equipment.

o Provides maintenance technical services. Develops preventative maintenance programs and recommend spare parts.


o Routinely provides analyses and advice to management; has direct contacts with outside consultants, technical counterparts from other divisions, companies, and key vendors.

o Establishes the approach and test procedures to be used, estimated time, expense, and staffing requirements for completions as well as specifies equipment, materials, and supplies required for the completion and implementation of technical projects. Is accountable for

o success of projects; may manage financial aspects of projects.

o May direct efforts of others and/or coordinate outside resources for projects.


o Mentors others by sharing information and providing feedback and guidance.

o Interfaces frequently with inter-organizational and outside customer contacts. Represents the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.

o Prepares written communication. Conveys information effectively through formal and informal documents with team members, designers, technicians, and other technical personnel, both internal and external to Abbott, using appropriate communication protocols; obtains approval to proceed with proposed action plans.

o Establishes networks. Follows through on goals; contributes willingly and incorporates the ideas of others; shares resources, knowledge, and accountability to benefit the objectives of the business.

o Builds relationships. Initiates and cultivates open, honest relationships with colleagues, customers, contractors, and vendors by establishing rapport, developing an understanding of others’ needs, promoting common goals, and following through on commitments, e.g. offers assistance; interacts effectively with stakeholders at appropriate levels of the organization.

o Resolves underlying problems. Identifies full range of customer/client needs and proposes solutions to address them; makes alterations in products or services to better meet (recognized or unrecognized) customer need, e.g., partners with an outside vendor to provide a better deliverable.

o Supports the engineering standards council and draft new global standards as required.


o Complies with all regulations and standards for quality, Environmental, Health, Safety, and Energy (EHS&E) Global Policies, Abbott Engineering Standards, and other governance areas as applicable.

o Ensures quality and effectiveness of assigned tasks.

o Has awareness of the potential consequences of changes to established processes.

o Identifies areas of risk with respect to compliance.

o Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula and nutritionals.


o Develops procedures and standards.

o Directs the efforts of others such as technicians and outside resources.

o Provides training.



o Bachelor's degree in Engineering

o Minimum 10 years in food, pharmaceutical or consumer goods packaging equipment industry.

o Percent of travel: 25-40%

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email